Unlike the English language, saying good night in Tagalog can take many forms depending on the context. To avoid being overwhelmed, we have prepared this guide to show you top Tagalog phrases you can use to bid good night anyone to anyone with confidence. Through this, we will also equip you with relevant information on how to use these phrases and how to respond like a pro based on common contexts.
Contrary to common beliefs, “magandang gabi” is not the direct translation for the word “good night.” It may be the closest thing since “gabi” means night or evening, but it does not necessarily mean the same thing. In the Philippines, “magandang gabi” is equivalent to good evening, which is a greeting one uses when meeting someone in the night.
So, now you are probably thinking how exactly do Filipinos express their parting wishes or “good night” in the Tagalog language?
Native Tagalog speakers usually use the Tagalized versions instead. “Tagalized” is a colloquial term that refers to the act of converting original texts into the Tagalog language. For instance, if a movie is originally in English, local television channels in the Philippines may opt to show the Tagalized version of the film with Tagalog dubs.
So, what exactly is the direct Tagalized version of the English word good night? For this, the widely accepted form is “gudnayt.”
But let’s say you want to go beyond that word and say good night like a pro-Tagalog speaker, you may want to use our list of words below which can help you level up your night time conversations.
|“I will go to sleep now”||“Matutulog na ako”|
|“I’ll sleep ahead of you”||“Mauuna na akong matulog”|
|“Sweet dreams/ sleep soundly”||“Matulog ka nang mahiming”|
|“Go to sleep”||“Matulog ka na”|
|“Are you going to sleep?”||“Matutulog ka na ba?”|
Consistently seeing the word “ka”? That is because it is the Tagalog version for the English pronoun “you.” For example, “matulog+ ka+ na” can be directly translated to “sleep + you + now.” Also, similar to our discussions on how to say thank you in Tagalog with formal and informal situations, you may have to add the word “po” when speaking with the elderly and people of authority.
With the dawn of technology, I am pretty sure that you will find yourself in situations wherein you would want to say good night to many people at once- like when you are in a group chat for example. Be sure to read our next set of variations below.
When speaking to two or more people, Tagalog speakers usually add the word “kayo” to signify a group of people. In that sense, the examples you will see below will utilize that word.
|“I will go to sleep now”||“Matutulog na ako”|
|“I’ll sleep ahead all of you”||“Mauuna na akong matulog sainyo”|
|“Sweet dreams/ sleep soundly to all of you”||“Matulog kayo nang mahiming”|
|“You should all go to sleep”||“Matulog ka na kayong lahat”|
|“Are you all going to sleep?”||“Matutulog na ba kayo?”|
Now that you have learned how to use the major variations for a good night in Tagalog, you also need to learn the common responses and what they exactly mean. Aside from having a big chance of using these greetings in real life, there is also a possibility that the locals will say it back to you too.
At this point, you do not have to worry since all you have to do is to add the word “din” or “rin”. If this is your first time encountering these words, you might want to read back to our good morning in Tagalog post for a review.
|English||Possible Tagalog response||Translation of the possible Tagalog response|
|“I will go to sleep now”||“Sige. Matutulog na rin ako. Gudnayt!”||“Ok. I will go to sleep too. Good night!”|
|“I’ll sleep ahead of you”||“Gudnayt. Sunod na rin ako.”||“Good night. I will sleep soon too.”|
|“Sweet dreams/ sleep soundly”||“Matulog ka rin nang mahiming”||“Sweet dreams to you too”|
|“Go to sleep”||“Sige. Matulog ka na rin”||“Okay. Go to sleep too”|
|“Are you going to sleep?”||“Oo, matutulog na” |
“Hindi pa ako matutulog”
|“Yes, I am going to sleep” |
“No, I am not yet going to sleep”
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